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Thom Andersen (text)
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Plot:
A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(35 articles)
The Noteworthy: 8 April 2015
 (From MUBI. 10 April 2015, 10:30 AM, PDT)

The Noteworthy: 25 March 2015
 (From MUBI. 31 March 2015, 12:01 PM, PDT)

Not a Deleuze Lecture, but What? Thom Andersen’s The Thoughts That Once We Had
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 11 March 2015, 1:35 PM, PDT)

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Long, but worth watching if you have any interest in the history of Los Angeles and how it was portrayed in film. See more (34 total) »

Cast

 
Encke King ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Thom Andersen 
 
Writing credits
Thom Andersen (text)

Produced by
Thom Andersen .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Deborah Stratman 
 
Film Editing by
Seung-Hyun Yoo 
 
Sound Department
Thor Moser .... sound
Craig Smith .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Peter Bo Rappmund .... addtional editing
 

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169 min
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Factual errors: The narration describes architect John Lautner's famous Chemosphere house as "a hexagon of wood, steel, and glass." The Chemosphere is octagonal.See more »
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Long, but worth watching if you have any interest in the history of Los Angeles and how it was portrayed in film., 10 September 2004
Author: Rex from Silverlake, CA, USA

Thom Andersen uses hundreds of scenes from a multitude of movies throughout the past century, to express his opinions about the true Los Angeles in this cinematic essay. He takes the common opinion that Los Angeles has no discernible culture, and presents two basic reasons why this opinion is so prevalent.

1. Los Angeles used to be a culture rich city until the richer, more affluent, citizens decided that it's more profitable to have apartment complexes, high rises, and strip malls.

2. There is quite a bit of culture remaining in Los Angeles, but because everyone is too busy driving themselves from point A to point B as fast as possible, they don't see it.

Whether you agree with his opinions or not, the film is worth a look (although nearly three hours long) to see all of the footage of Los Angeles over the years, and how it portrayed LA at the time.

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